Pat Metheny

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  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan Member

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    Yet again....making someone who can't stand listening to jazz, listen to jazz. ;) How long has this dude been around...and he still just blows me away.

    And that drummer...still not entirely convinced he's a human.

     
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  2. tribalfusion

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    And you are from his home state :)

    Pat just oozes brilliance.
     
  3. Eric Rowland

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    Pat hits the language barrier head-on!......
     
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    Yeah, Pat is a force of nature.

    Has been since he was a kid.
     
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  5. Average Joe

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    Seeing that band made me a PM fan. I've always respected him, but never really connected with him before that concert. First time I saw him and I mainly went to see Chris Potter tbh, but Metheny killed. Especially on the synth guitar.
     
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    Hah! I was at a local jazz club last night. The band was spectacular, but they were also playing some nice recorded jazz on the house system between sets. One of the tunes had some great guitar work on it. I wanted to hear who this hot new guitarist was, so I pulled out Shazam on my iPhone.
    As you've probably guessed, it turned out to be Pat, playing on Midnight Voyage from Michael Brecker's Tales from the Hudson album with which I was unfamiliar.
     
  7. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    He's one of the main reasons I stuck with playing the guitar. Pat opened up sonic possibilities for my playing that nobody else did. Everyone should learn some of his famous songs, because they will make you a better guitarist. Just his approach to atmospheric jazz was a revelation to me.

    A true legend who just keeps on going.
     
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  9. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    I seem to have PMG songs running through my head almost daily. Pat's music has some of the most memorable riffs and melodic sections I have found. His music stays with you.

    He somewhat revolutionized modern jazz, because of twenty Grammy wins. That's unprecedented. He sells out concerts. His fanbase all over the world is very strong.

    Pat found a way to do it.
     
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  10. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    It was great learning that Pat detests being photographed, and hates wearing fancy clothes on stage.
    He just doesn't care.
    It's about the music.
    That's what is important.

    Pat's like the "anti-rockstar," rockstar - because he's a jazzer! :dude
     
  11. HellsKitchenGtr

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    When I was in guitar school, Pat was the man, and one of the main reasons I went. First saw him at U of Pennsylvania campus venue, and it was just amazing. I think Travels was just out, and between the two standout tunes Phase Dance and San Lorenzo, it seemed like a new language.... as others have said (and the point of the thread), at that time it seemed like it was reaching a whole new audience of people, who would never otherwise be listening to instrumental music, or 'jazz-fusion' or whatever (Pat absolutely hates labels). I also have a theory that Pat set the stage for the new age movement in the 80s (check out Watercolors), or pointed towards it at a minimum, with his whole sound. :) Ok, maybe a stretch...

    If you are interested and can get a hold of this, it's a fascinating read - a little pricey and not all that long - but fascinating:

     
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  12. Ubersooner

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    Huge, huge fan. His music evokes a sense of place that resonates with me in a way that's hard to describe. Like something on the edge of a memory. I don't really even think of him as a guitarist to be honest.
     
  13. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Travels is indispensable for the live cuts of Phase Dance, and San Lorenzo.
    And I'll add: Are You Going With Me?

    He's incendiary on that slab.
     
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    I came into Pat at his 80s peak while studying classical guitar. The guy is just an amazing creative talent. Each "era" also brings new life to his writing/tone/concert experiences. His early stuff from PMG [first record], Offramp, New Chatauqua (I especially dig the acoustic Sueno con Mexico from that record). I know a lot of people who can't stand the "pop" stuff but I still absolutely love a lot of the cuts off Still Life and Letter from Home. Minuano (six eight) for instance. While not hard to do, his ability to take the band from 3/4 to 6/8 and back like they are just playing on the front porch is amazing to me. Since I'm not an avid "traditionalist" I guess I'd say I can take or leave the trio stuff, but any PMG I am a huge fan of.
     
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    Secret Story isnt talked about much but, in scope of composition and arranging, I think its one of the more advanced albums Ive heard him do.

    Check it out.
     
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  16. Todd Lynch

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    Becker's Tales From The Hudson is a killer record.
     
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    everyone likes jazz if they are honest with themselves
     
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    A true genius!
     
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    Dudes a monster, period.
     
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    Wow. Had no idea he had that many.
     

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